I’m very much a visual person, I have a hard time keeping on track if I try to verbally/textually explain something, that’s also a reason I suggested this too.
I see your point about not wanting more clutter and not wanting people to click just because they see a certain name.
OK so this is how my brain works, and I understand not everyone’s brain works that way, and I’m happy to go with the group on what is best for the site! OK so my brain basically only makes connections by visually seeing stuff, so when things aren’t together it’s hard for me to make the connections. OK so when the username is next to the preview I can see title, user, photo all together and I can make the mental connection that all those things go together, sometimes on the posts page there is a bit of text that separates user from the pictures, especially on mobile. If that makes any sense.
On craftster it was different since it was mostly a desktop site, all the user info was easily seen all together, and I’m not wishing it was more like craftater. Now we have a better mobile friendly site (love it yay) so there is less room on the screen to get all those connections together.